‘Serve him faithfully with all your heart;
consider what great things he has done for you.’
1 Samuel 12:24

How do we respond to God’s faithfulness?

There are many ways to respond to God’s faithfulness. Primarily we submit to Him as our LORD and SAVIOUR.

We owe him our THANKFULNESS, our COMMITMENT and our LIFE.

This can be expressed in many ways, but one of the main ways we show our love for God is by giving back to Him and His work in the world through our financial resources.

A LOT!

it says that

  • giving honours God and joins in His mission
  • it shows we’ve received grace
  • it provides for our Church family
  • that is gives the labourer their wages
  • that it reveals who our true Master is

Each of you should give
what you have decided in your heart to give,
not reluctantly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

NO!

Everything is God’s, which means the money we have ultimately isn’t ours – we’re just stewards. What God really wants us is – for our hearts to love Him above all else.

But seek first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you.
Matthew 6:33

A GENEROUS AMOUNT!

 

The Bible doesn’t prescribe a set amount.
Instead, the repeated principles in the bible are
cheerful, sacrificial, generous.

You will be enriched in every way
so that you can be generous on every occasion
and through us your generosity will result
in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:7

IT’S YOUR FAMILY!

If you’re a member of NPAC, you’re part of a family, and every family has financial needs. There are costs associated with Church life and these are covered by God’s people.

On the first day of every week,
each one of you should set aside a sum of money
in keeping with your income.
1 Corinthians 16:2

  • PRAY!

  • If you’ve never pledged before, make a commitment to pledge. [see below]

  • If you do pledge already, consider increasing your giving by an amount which stretches your faith.

It’s a willing, significant percentage of your income, joyfully given to the work of your Church.
SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE: the chart below will help you work out a generous response.
GIVEN JOYFULLY: with a heart full of gratitude for God’s goodness to us in Christ.
A regular plan for GENEROSITY will enrich your life as we offer our whole selves in service and devotion to God.

“The foundation of my giving is what God has revealed in scripture about the discipline and attitude of giving.  We should honour God with our first fruits, not our leftovers, give cheerfully and deliberately. My motivation to give is the many blessings and endless grace that God has freely poured out to me, an undeserving sinner in need of rescuing. And as I’m part of the NPAC family, I support my family and our mission to this world.”

“When we make our yearly decision about where our money goes, we think about the love of Jesus which should always guide our thinking, because He gives us all we have. God has always blessed our decision by making sure we had enough to live on and give to His work throughout our life.”

“Each day I pray for the Lord to make me truly generous because, like so many people, I struggle with the temptations of this world and the focus on material possessions and worldly values. When I am generous I never feel that I am being deprived – in fact I feel as if I am being filled up spiritually and blessed in so many ways. I’m praying for God to guide me as I make my pledge, so that my focus is on him alone and on his kingdom work.”

“I serve God and others by sharing the gifts He has given me. It means we can encourage one another as it says in Hebrews 10:24-25, when we see each other give to serve and change the world.”

“God inspires me so much! Jesus and His sacrifice raises me up and lightens my heart.  I had been in the wilderness for so long, but since returning to Jesus it’s like I have taken flight! I want to give back to God for all His grace, mercy and love, and I’m so blessed to be able to do that through NPAC.”

“All we have belongs to God. Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from Him…. we give back to God. We manage what we have on behalf of God. I know that our Church is wise in stewardship, and I rest in that knowledge.”